Match Report: Leicester vs Spurs
The famous Leicester duo, Mahrez and Vardy, scored two stunners to beat Spurs at the King Power Stadium. It only took Vardy 13 minutes to open the scoring after an ambitious, yet beautifully timed, lob shot which swooped over the head of Lloris from roughly ten yards out. Schmeichel was in fine form against the Lilywhites, having denied threatening efforts from Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli to preserve a Foxes lead.
To add to Tottenham’s frustrations, Mahrez showed his individual talent by attacking Spurs down the wing, before cutting in on his left side to curl an inch-perfect shot past the Spurs skipper to double the deficit. Unstoppable.
Pochettino must have had a stern word during the halftime break because Tottenham came back out after the break with renewed vigour. Eriksen had an inviting chance to get Spurs on the scoresheet but mistakenly shot wide with an effort that really should have found the net. Harry Kane was not about to make the same mistake and pulled one back for Tottenham in the 79th minute by converting a nicely-weighted pass from substitute Erik Lamela. The remaining five minutes were anything but calm for the Foxes, Llorente was ever so close to equalising, but the dogged defending of the boys in blue paid off. They had successfully beaten Spurs at the King Power two goals to one.
Leicester vs Spurs Attendance
King Power Stadium: 31,950
Starting Line-ups: Leicester v Spurs
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Aurier, Sissoko, Dembélé, Eriksen, Rose, Kane, Alli
“Second half we were more positive and started to play the game. We were poor first half and critical at the half time. We handed them the opportunity to stay up at the end of the game. I think we need to assess and realise and take the responsibility for our poor starts. We need to focus on the game, we were poor in this face of the game. We created many chances and we have the capacity to come back to the game, but both of the goals were preventable”
Man of the Match
Jamie Vardy and Mahrez were very dynamic today and caused problems for Spurs, but it was the new summer signing Vincente Iborra who takes home the Man of the Match award. Not only did the midfielder make an off-the-line clearance, he managed to clear the ball eleven times in total – and therefore succeeded significantly in frustrating Spurs as they looked to salvage points from the game.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Tottenham Hotspur hit the road to face the Hornets (Watford) away. Spurs will be looking to overturn their three game streak without a win.